by RANDI CANTRELL | photo courtesy of the Levken Family

In Perfect Harmony

Introduced by a mutual friend when they were both living in Carlsbad, Diane and Eric Levken quickly shared a connection. “We have not been away from each other for more than a few days since our first date,” Diane said. Both with sons from previous marriages – Stuart, 24, and Jordan, 22 – they were married and had another son, Ian, who is now 11. After falling in love with the diverse architecture, beautiful scenery, and wonderful amenities available in the community, the Levkens now share a life of blended harmony in Fairbanks Ranch.

“Music keeps the soul alive and excites the mind.”


Eric works as a software engineer at Nextivity, a company that manufactures cell phone boosters for homes and small offices. With previous experience at Qualcomm and Linkabit, he holds 16 patents. Diane became a Realtor by the age of 18 in San Antonio, TX. A stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years, Diane enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools and has been the co-chair for organizations such as the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Casa De Amparo, and Orchestra Nova. She also hosts events for Virtuousi USA, an organization that presents world-class musicians, performers, and teachers through recitals and master classes, allowing them to share their art and wisdom with the community. “Virtuousi USA asked if I would not mind hosting world-class pianist Mr. Andrei Gavrilov. It was an exceptional performance and afternoon,” reflected Diane, “What a treat it has been supporting such a wonderful cause.”

Parent: Eric and Diane Levken
Children: Stuart (24), Jordan (22), Ian (11)
Community: Fairbanks Ranch
Parents’ Professions: Eric – software engineer; Diane – volunteer, stay-at-home mom
Hobbies & Interests:  Volunteering, exploring the outdoors, traveling

This love for music runs throughout the Levken family. After taking piano lessons and studying orchestra at La Jolla Country Day, Jordan began composing music at the age of 17. Soon he was making a regular weekend commute to Los Angeles to study at The Colburn School of Music. Two of his compositions have since been produced and co-orchestrated by producer Jeff Bova, and have won an HMMA Award, as well as second place in the Dallas Song Writers Music Awards. He will be graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a major in psychology and a minor in biochemistry, and plans to pursue medical school. Ian is currently studying violin with Pasha Tseitlin, the son of the accomplished composer Michael Tseitlin. In addition, Ian takes piano lessons and studies orchestra at his school, La Jolla Country Day, enjoys taking tennis and golf lessons, and is gearing up to take on track as a school sport.

Together the Levken family enjoys exploring the outdoors, camping, and traveling in the States and to Europe – Italy and Hawaii being two of their favorite destinations. They hope to continue to share their love for music with Fairbanks Ranch and beyond. “In my mind,” Diane shared, “Music keeps the soul alive and excites the mind.”